TONH Accepting PrePayment Of Real Estate Taxes

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North Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes wants residents to know that they can pre-pay their 2018 general property taxes online, in person at 200 Plandome Road in Manhasset, or by mail, which must be postmarked by Dec. 30. (Some post offices may be open on Dec. 31, but it is recommended that you check first. See link below.)

With the passage of the President’s 500-page, $1.5 trillion tax bill in Washington, D.C. last week, which ends the full deductibility of state and local taxes, offering instead a $10,000 cap for deducting property, sales and state income taxes, many North Hempstead property owners have been pre-paying their 2018 general property tax bills.

With the new tax bill signed into law by President Donald Trump, Manhasset residents are running to the Town of North Hempstead to pre-pay their tax bill early; however, the general tax bill which is usually issued in January 2018 was not readily available. North Hempstead residents who are mailing must first call the Town’s 311 Call Center to get the exact amount owed and their 2018 GENERAL TAX BILL NUMBER. If you are not calling from within the Town you may dial (516) 869-6311. Tax payments made by mail must also include the bill number and the property’s section, block, and lot. Payments should be mailed INSIDE the post office to have it hand stamped with the postmark date stamp, preferably with tracking. The Town will be mailing 2018 general tax bills to residents in January, as is the usual schedule.
For those residents coming in person to the Tax Receiver’s Office, it’s helpful to bring a past tax bill or receipt, Berman said.

“We urge residents to pay their bills online, or by mail,” said Charles Berman, receiver of taxes for the Town of North Hempstead. “Meanwhile we have also extended our hours here at the office to accommodate anyone who wishes to come in person.” According to Berman, additional employees have been brought in from other Town departments to help assist the Tax Receiver’s Office with the extra volume of business, but he is also strongly urging residents to mail payments if possible or pay online.

Residents can pay taxes online today through December 31, 2017, for posting as a 2017 payment. Bills may also be printed on our website for free and used to mail us the payment. Credit card fee is 2.35% of total paid, or an e-check (ACH) is $2.00. So for example, if you pay your second half school tax online and the payment is $5,000, you will be assessed a credit card fee of $117.50 to make the pre-payment of school tax. This fee is not deductible. It is highly advisable to check with your tax advisor to see whether pre-payment of taxes is recommended.

Tax Receiver Office hours have been extended and are as follows:
Dec. 28– 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Dec. 29– 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Dec. 30– 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Dec 31 – 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

However, for questions regarding deductibility of the pre-payment of property taxes on Federal income taxes, Tax Receiver Berman encourages taxpayers to contact the Internal Revenue Service and/or their tax/accounting professional.

Second half 2017/18 SCHOOL taxes can also be paid anytime in December for the 2017 deduction.

To find local post office hours of operation see: https://tools.usps.com/go/POLocatorAction.action#paginationTop

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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